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Dorset Year Book Back Numbers

For any member still trying to complete his collection of Dorset Year Books, the Hon. Secretary has the following back numbers available at £6 each:1963/64, 1966/67, 1968/69, 1972/73, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

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107th. DORSET YEAR BOOK CHRONICLES THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DORSET AND ITS PEOPLE

The First World War is among events commemorated in the 2017 Dorset Year Book.

Other items include Portland, Cheese making, the RAF’s part in the St Nazaire  raid, Farming in the 1920’s and much more.

Published by The Society of Dorset Men every year since the Society’s foundation in 1904- apart from four war years- the 2017 edition is  208 pages.

The 2017 Dorset Year Book contains a varied selection of interesting articles- historic and topical- on the life and times of Dorset people, events, towns and villages- incorporating many interesting photographs and illustrations.

Royal surgeon Sir Frederick Treves GCVO was the first President of the Society in 1904, followed by Thomas Hardy OM in 1907. ITV Downton Abbey playwright and Oscar winner Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL is the current President.

The Dorset Year Book is edited by Selwyn Williams, one of the guardians of the Old Town Hall in Weymouth. Selwyn read physics at King’s College, London and then went into banking. He later became Transportation Survey Manager at Dorset County Council. A Freemason, he is involved in several other organisations, including singing with the Dorset Wrecks sea shanties group and as Chairman of the Local Underwater Archaeological Research Society.

Since his first dive at age 15, Selwyn has been fascinated by the shipwrecks scattered in the waters around Weymouth and Portland,, always a graveyard for ships in the treacherous currents and depths. He has chronicled over 300 ships sunk off Chesil Beach, some dating to before 1700. With modern sonar equipment, he is part of the local project scanning the seabed for more wrecks and other sunken objects. His book Treasure of the Golden Grape, tells of the dark days of Weymouth in the 16th. century, when piracy and wrecking were common.

Selwyn Williams comments: "It is a great honour to be Editor of the Dorset Year Book and it has been a busy, but enjoyable experience. What comes through in the many articles submitted, is all the contributors’ love for Dorset, its history, its scenery and its people”.

YOUR COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF THE 2016 DORSET YEAR BOOK HAS BEEN POSTED DIRECTLY TO YOU